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Is Tyson a knockout or dead meat?

Is Tyson a knockout or dead meat?

Mike Tyson may have returned Evander Holyfield's ear in a recent ad, but another Tyson has been giving great returns to investors all year long.

Shares in Tyson Foods are up 60% since the start of 2013. In the past week, Tyson's stock is up nearly 9%. That makes it the best-performing stock in the S&P 500 index over the last five days.

The meat producer showed earnings of $0.70 per share, a penny above estimates. Revenues were $8.894 billion, about $8 million above what Wall Street expected.

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Tyson's five-year returns look great – it is up sevenfold – but that's only because it dropped precipitately in 2008. In fact, shares are only up about a 34% from the middle of 2007. What's more, the stock is one of only 33 S&P 500 companies with more than 10% short interest on it.

With the stock outperforming the S&P 500 by more than double this year, are we now seeing a top?

(See: CNBC' agriculture coverage)

On CNBC's Street Signs' Talking Numbers segment, Tyson Foods is analyzed at from the fundamental and technical perspectives. Andrew Busch, editor and publisher of The Busch Update, looks at the company from the fundamentals. On the charts is Jonathan Krinsky, Chief Market Technician at MKM Partners.

Is Tyson a knockout waiting to happen or is its stock dead meat? Watch the video above to see what the fundamentals and technicals say about it.

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